The Heard Museum seeks a Fine Arts Curator to present American Indian art in ways that will inspire and resonate with contemporary audiences. Ideal candidates will have a strong background in art history and a minimum of two years of experience in organizing exhibitions. The Fine Arts Curator has responsibilities for long range exhibition planning with a special focus on the newly opened Piper Grand Gallery. The candidate must possess strong organizational and communication skills, plus a proven ability to work effectively and efficiently among colleagues and peers, a willingness to encourage and mentor junior curatorial staff and interns, interface with Museum trustees and patrons, as well as the academic and collecting communities.
The Fine Arts Curator will be expected to interpret American Indian art through a diverse range of art historical and cultural contexts and will be conversant with scholarship that advances understanding of American Indian art. The individual will demonstrate a working knowledge of the broad history of American Indian art, through to the present, and be the catalyst for cutting-edge and impactful research.
Drawing on the Heard’s outstanding collection, the Fine Arts Curator will play a leading role in creating exhibitions, and plan and develop nationally and internationally touring exhibitions. The successful applicant would be looked upon to make significant content-based contributions towards two or more exhibitions per year, and expected to produce scholarly publications in association with them. Representing the Heard at regional and national conferences and professional gatherings is required.
Other duties involve cultivating new audiences for American Indian art and supporters of the museum, maintaining and initiating sustainable partnerships with American Indian tribes, other related arts organizations and universities in the Southwest and beyond. Establishing common cause in the exploration of creative territory, including multi-sensory integration, is a key priority.
An M.A or M.F.A. is preferred with a major in fine art, art history or a related field.